Briefings and responses

On behalf of its members, the cross-party LGA regularly briefs parliamentarians of all political affiliations on issues of concern and relevance to local government ahead of debates in Parliament. The most recent of these can be found here, as can the LGA's written responses to parliamentary inquiries, such as those held by Select Committees.

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LGA briefing: Childhood Obesity, House of Lords debate, 17 April 2018

Analysis of a recent survey conducted by the LGA among local leaders on public health delivered by their local authority showed that the top priority for public health is to give children and young people the best start in life.

LGA briefing: Debate on a sustainable lifelong learning culture, House of Lords, 16 April 2018

Research commissioned by the LGA reveals that the skills gap is worsening. By 2024 there will be more than four million too few high-skilled people to take up available jobs, two million too many with intermediate skills and more than six million too many low-skilled.

Westminster Hall Debate on foster care, House of Commons - 14 March 2018

Helping children and young people to fulfil their potential is a key ambition of all councils, but our children’s services are under increasing pressure.

LGA response to the DfE consultation 'Changes to the teaching of Sex and Relationship Education and PSHE'

The LGA supports the Government’s decision to make Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory in all secondary schools.

LGA response to the DfE consultation 'Eligibility for free school meals and the early years pupil premium under Universal Credit', January 2018

The LGA's full response to the four consultation questions, as well as some additional questions and comments.

LGA response to the DfE consultation ‘Eligibility for the free early years entitlement for two-year-olds under Universal Credit’, January 2018

The LGA supports the provision of free early education for disadvantaged two-year-olds, in addition to the wider offer for all families.

Home Education briefing, House of Lords, 24 January 2018

The majority of parents who home educate their children do a good job and work well with their local council to make sure that a good education is being provided. However, we are concerned that not all children are registered as home schooled, particularly where they have never joined the mainstream education system or they have moved to a new area. 

Children's Oral Health, House of Lords debate, Thursday 18 January 2018

The latest annual data on NHS spending in 2016/17 reveals there were 42,911 extractions of multiple teeth in under 18s in England at a cost of £36.2 million.

Response to DfE consultation on changes to statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children', new 'child death review' guidance, and new regulations

The LGA welcomes the principle of greater flexibility for local areas to design multi-agency arrangements that work best for their local circumstances, but we have long argued that this flexibility must be couched within a robust regulatory framework to ensure consistency of quality and effectiveness. Unfortunately, we believe that the provisions outlined in the consultation fall some way short of this ambition

LGA debate on the number of vulnerable children in England, House of Lords, 14 December 2017

The Children’s Commissioner’s report highlights the complexity of issues facing young people and their families.


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